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CJS Noon Lecture Series | The Culture of Free Print in Early Modern Japan

Niels Van Steenpaal, Associate Professor of Japanese History, Kyoto University
Thursday, March 23, 2017
12:10-1:30 PM
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building Map
Despite the increasing popularity of studies of early modern Japanese print culture, the field has primarily restricted itself to examinations of the commercial print industry—a bias that has come at the price of ignoring a wide variety of non-profit publications. This lecture will focus on two Kansai region case studies of freely distributed print (sein) to show that it was not the trivial and ephemeral genre that current research makes it out to be. Rather, it represents a vast repository of voices seeking an audience for messages they considered to be of urgent and long-lasting importance.

Niels Van Steenpaal is an associate professor of Japanese History at Kyoto University. He is a cultural and intellectual historian with a primary research interest in “moral culture”, a term that he uses to describe the pathways, processes and media through which morality and (material) culture mutually influence each other.
Building: School of Social Work Building
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Japanese Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), Asian Languages and Cultures